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Adult Classes

Watercolor Workshop with Mary Guntzviller

Spring Exuberance

May 12–14, 2020


Learn, laugh, and let the artist within spring forward.


Members $200 + $35 materials fee; non-members $225 + $35 materials fee

No experience needed

Minimum: 5 students

Maximum: 15 students

Pre-registration required: (269) 637-1041or email

Lunch break: 12:30-1:30pm

Mary Guntzviller has been a professional artist since 1988 and has taught workshops since 1993. She is known throughout the state of Michigan as a gifted artist and an instructor with unique and exciting style that makes her classes an amazing adventure.


What happens when liquefied watercolor is poured onto a wet surface? What happens when poured onto a dry surface? (Well, you’ll need a really big towel to wipe up the table, and sometimes the floor.) But besides that, astounding, rich and varied backgrounds happen.


We’ll use drawing gum (provided) to first mask out a subject ... Cattails? The melody from your favorite song? Daisies? Buildings? Then choose colors, take a deep breath, and see what happens. Skies, mountains, flowers, the possibilities are limitless. It’s a fairly uncontrolled wild process!



It’s a crazy plastic smooth surface. Because you can just lift the paint, it’s almost impossible to make a mistake. The paint floats on the surface and can produce ethereal, delicate colors, or use less water and generate rich, vibrant colors. The paint can be manipulated almost endlessly allowing shapes to be added or subtracted. Paint with no stress, no pressure. Let’s explore.



Not talking Prohibition here, rather, letting the paint dry. Using the two processes above, we'll probably going to have time while things are drying before moving on to the next steps. While waiting, we’ll walk step by step through some simple perspective exercises. Artists need a basic knowledge of how to estimate perspective angles in order to answer questions such as, ‘Why does my barn look like it’s falling over?” And, if there are cows in the painting, are they worried?